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is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. units responding to sandy hook at this time, the shooting appears to have shot -- the school is in lockdown. >> reporter: what they found at the school was a horrifying scene. there have been grief counselors on-site, not just for the families, but also to speak to the first responders who say it's some of the worst visions, worst sights they've seen in their long, long careers. anderson cooper right now takes us through this tragedy. >> all units, the individual i have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. >> reporter: the first word was chilling, it only got worse. >> they're reporting multiple fatalities involved in this shooting at the elementary school. >> reporter: with each new report, the horror deepened. >> reports say the number of dead closer to 30 than to 20 and sadly most of them are children. >> reporter: every detail, every fact brought more sadness. each fresh piece of information, a part of the picture, a school, kindergarten through fourth grade, a sanctuary that was supposed to be a place of sa
outcome to that. sherlock was part of a team that was really relied upon there at sandy hook elementary. she was part of the school's crisis intervention team, ali. so even in a time like this when people are turning to those for comfort, she's no longer with us. ali? >> yeah, sad story. nick valencia at the cnn center in atlanta. thanks, nick. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm ali velshi. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting. i'm in newtown, connecticut, about a block away from the school which is roughly behind me. a block away from the scene of the horrible massacre. here's what we know right now. in about an hour, officials are expected to start releasing the names of the victims. we've learned the names of two of the adults, the principal and a school counselor, but not the names of the children. now, that is expected to start happening at around 8:00 a.m. right where i am. right now the bodies are still inside the school. police say it's an active crime scene and that means the shooter's body is still there, as well. police say 20-year-old adam lan
vigils. 20 children and 6 adults died in friday's shooting inside sandy hook elementary. we should begin hearing the first funeral plans for some of the victims very soon. we also want to pass this along. the united way has set up a sandy hook school fund. donations, as you can see right there on your screen, donations sent to the newtown savings bank 39 main street right here in newtown, connecticut. this fund will be used to help pay for the funerals of the victims, john. >>> police say they have found important evidence during their searches at the school and at the shooter's home. we also know now more about the actual shooting and what weapons were used in it. cnn national correspondent susan candiotti joins me now and, susan, what are we learning this morning? >> hi, john. well, we know one thing and that is that federal agents and other investigators who will be back out pounding out the streets today, chasing down leads, information they have that the suspected shooter in this case may have visited gun stores or gun ranges in the days before the attack. however, so far our source
this tragedy and the victims, 20 children, 6 adults died in friday's shooting at the sandy hook elementary school. >> everybody's death was caused by, everyone that we completed so far was caused by gunshot wounds. and, obviously, the manner of death on all these cases has been classified as homicide. >> that was the medical examiner. he also offered this disturbing detail. all of the victims he's seen, they were shot more than once. >> just amazing to even hear him recount what he's seen in really chilling, chilly detail, tom. >> we will have much more on the victims. of course, their names and their stories coming up in just a few minutes. people in this community are still coming to grips with this tragedy. understandably, we saw more vigils here last night and they're still offering grief counseling to many. that's especially important for the kids who lost so many of their friends in this shooting. we also want to pass this along to you. the united way has set up a sandy hook school fund. donations can be sent to the newtown savings bank. the address you see on your screen, newtown sa
. but there is one thing the senate has been able to agree on, getting aid to victims of superstorm sandy. by a 61-33 vote, the chamber passed the measure offering $60 billion in help. it heads to the house which must approve the bill by thursday or else the process has to start all over again. at least 113 people were killed when superstorm sandy hit in late october. the governors of new york and new jersey, the hardest hit states have estimated damages at more than $78 billion with a "b,". >>> the senate has approved a bill extending secret eavesdropping overseas. the measure's headed to president obama. he's expected to sign it. cnn's brian todd takes a closer look at this controversial foreign intelligence surveillance act. >> reporter: he ordered it just after 9/11, and it became one of the most controversial tactics used by former president george w. bush and his security team to fight the war on terror. the secret wiretapping without warrants of communications between u.s. residents and people overseas suspected of being terrorists. it drew fire because sometimes the communications of innoc
person. he said during hurricane sandy, the agent lives in connecticut, jovan texted him to make sure the agent's family was doing all right in the hurricane. he said it's absolutely out of character for something like this to happen. no previous run-ins with the law that anyone's aware of. so just a lot of shock here, randi. >> and the child, the couple's child, that child was home at the time, right? who is caring for that child now? >> reporter: yeah, the child was at the home with kasandra perkins and jovan at the time of the shooting. his mother was actually, according to the neighbor, his mother had actually been in town for a couple of weeks for the holidays, and we understand that the child and the mother witnessed the shooting, called 911 after belcher shot kasandra perkins and she is now with the child at another location. they, of course, are away from the home now. >> what a tragedy. casey wein, our thanks to you. appreciate that. the kansas city chiefs released a statement following the incident. it reads in part, the entire chiefs family is deeply saddened by today's eve
there in newtown. meanwhile, we saw the last three funerals for the sandy hook victims. three more little girls were laid to rest, left to right, josephine gay, anna marquez-greene and emilie parker. >> today we had a beautiful tribute to emilie and we said our final good-byes today. it was so special to have family together, to sing songs that were emilie's favorites. >> after the holidays, the survivors of the sandy hook shooting will return to school. they'll be in a new building, but it will be filled with all the furniture and artwork from their old school. >>> one new jersey school district plans to have armed police officers in all of their schools starting when classes resume after the holidays. the mayor says he made the decision before the nra made the suggestion on friday. they actually had armed guards in some of the schools already. new jersey governor chris christie on the other hand thinks armed guards in schools aren't the answer to gun violence and that problem. >>> to washington now and the negotiations over the fiscal cliff. actually, there really aren't any negotiations now.
for superstorm sandy recovery efforts. thatie request falls short of total damage estimates. they say they'll need closer to $82 billion to repair their states. >>> it's been more than 15 years since he was mysteriously gunned down, but the los angeles coroner's office has finally released the autopsy report on rapper christopher wallace, also known as the notorious big or biggy smalls. the 23-page report shows wallace suffered four gunshot wounds, one of which was fatal. to date, no arrests made in that case. it remains unsolved. >>> secret service agents at risk all because one man lost some sensitive computer information. the shocking mistake was kept largely secret until now. cnn's brian todd has the details. >> reporter: law enforcement and congressional sources tell cnn the u.s. secret service is being investigated for a potentially damaging loss of information. the data was on two back-up computer tapes which contain very sensitive personnel and investigative information, according to our sources. >> you lost the drive containing the identity of every agent. >> reporter: it might re
's national opinion research center. but again, we're talking about the shooting at sandy hook elementary school. it's not the pistols, it's the assault weapons, the ones that shoot 50 to 100 bullets in just seconds. the nra was quiet in the wake of the shooting. but yesterday they ended their silence by placing blame. >> our nation's refusal to create an active national data base of the mentally ill. vicious, violent video games with names like "bullet storm," "grand theft auto," "mortal combat," and "splatter house." blood-soaked films out there like "american psycho," "natural born killers." politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. they issue press releases bragging about them. they post signs advertising them. and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> but nra executive vice president wayne lapierre also has a solution. >> does anybody really believe that the next adam lanza isn't planning his attack on a school he's already identified at this very moment? how many more copycats ar
at sandy hook elementary school. this comes just after the final three funerals for the victims of that tragedy. emilie parker, josephine gay. all little girls with bright futures taken before their time. people gathered to say their good-byes. >> to just see the hall filled with pink flowers, glitter, it was fancy and that's what emilie lived her life celebrating life. and everything was special to emilie. >> she was just 6 years old and her father is one of the few family members from the newtown families to speak publicly about the shooting. he wanted people to remember his daughter as a kind and caring big sister. >>> now, to other news, president obama is in hawaii for the holidays and today he'll help celebrate the life of the late senator daniel inouye. he is scheduled to attend the funeral for the pacific in honolulu. the senator passed away last weekend at the age of 88. the president spoke at the memorial service in washington on friday. >>> in new orleans, a federal judge has given final approval to bp settlement with gulf coast businesses and residents. bp will pay a
$60 billion for states affected by superstorm sandy. officials from states hardest hit say the money is just a start. with the fiscal cliff looming the staff is sure to face some resistance on capitol hill. >>> he spoke at this year's democratic national convention as an independent, but now former republican florida governor charlie crist is a proud democrat. crist posted a twitter photo friday showing his registration papers tweeting that he's proud and honored to join the party in the home of president obama. crist ran for the u.s. senate as an independent in 2010, but was defeated by marco rubio. some are speculating this move is in preparation for another run for governor against rick scott in 2014. >>> the supreme court has decided to take up two major same-sex marriage cases. the first is the defense of marriage act. the 1996 law denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. right now around 120,000 legally married same-sex couples in the u.s. the second is california's proposition 8. that made same-sex marriage illegal in the state. a decision on these cases is
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